I was browsing ultrasound articles this morning and came across an interesting piece.
Apparently gorillas in captivity suffer from Heart Disease, as one of the major killers. This is surprising since they don’t engage in any of the destructive behaviors that are thought to be contributors to human heart disease.
With the increasing use and image quality of portable echocardiography machines, Drs are not able to perform ultrasounds on the gorillas while awake. This is amazing, the gorillas are trained to allow the echocardiogram to be performed while the stay calm and relaxed. Wish we could train some of our ultrasound patients to do the same.
Just shows us that the future of Ultrasound and Echocardiography is always expanding into uncharted territory. Check out the full story at the link below.
We are all affected by today’s unpredictable economy. This fact makes it a bit difficult for someone to determine what career path to choose or to even change your existing career path. So, we are now forced to research longer and deeper than we would have before in order to make the best decision when deciding on what we want to do with our life. There are a few important facts when considering a career path or change which include work environment, salary, and the predicted future of the chosen field.
Cardiovascular, sometimes referred to as “Echocardiography,” is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of cardiac (heart) ailments in patients.
Vascular sonography is where the technician uses diagnostic imaging to assist the physicians in the diagnoses of peripheral (blood vessel) vascular ailments in patients such as blood clots.
The work environment for both Cardiovascular and Vascular sonographers are similar. These technicians usually work in a healthcare facility such as a hospital, clinic, and/or a physician’s office. Now, another possibility is to work for a “mobile” service where the sonographer is employed by the “mobile” company that is contracted by a physician (physician’s office) who schedules regular patient appointments on a certain day(s) during the month, for example.
As of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average starting salary for cardiovascular and vascular technicians is around $49,410.00 per year. This equates to about $23.75/hour. The job outlook over the next ten years in this field is expected to increase approximately 29%, which is much faster than the average. Basically, the increase is due to the evolution of technology allowing medical facilities to replace more invasive procedures with less costly ones.
Patient comfort is important during exam.
Even though hosptials are the primary employers of cardiovascular and vascular technicians, it is predicted that employment will grow more rapidly in physicians’ offices as well as in diagnostic laboratories due to the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible.
In summary, it will also be important to make yourself as “marketable” as possible.
In order to ensure your marketability as a potential employee, it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. In the world of diagnostic medical imaging, this includes – not limited to- being registered in more than one ultrasound modality. For example, it is becoming more and more familiar to hear that an employer is looking for a “dual” registered candidate. This may mean holding dual registries such ash General and Vascular, or Echocardiography/Cardiovascular and Vascular, etc. Some employers will interview a registered candidate witht the requirement being that the person will sit for the other registry within six months to one year. This scenario is becoming more and more common.
With the predicted employment of 63,900 technicians by the year 2020 as Cardiovascular and Vascular technicians, it is imperative to be ready.
Contact us at (866) 867-2824 for information on our next online “cross-over” course in Cardiovascular/Echocardiography and Vascular ultrasound. Our courses begin on the 1st of each month.
Good morning! I hope everyone is preparing for Christmas. For a lot of people, finding a job for the new year is on the top of the Christmas list. Whether it is in Echocardiography, Vascular, or General ultrasound, the search has begun. So, as I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I do run across available positions posted all over the United States. I like to at least provide the links to these possible job opportunities for our readers and their colleagues. If there are any positions you are aware of, feel free to post the information.
Since employment opportunities in ALL industries are hard to come by, even in the best of economic conditions, I am including some of the postings for ultrasound positions I have found while researching other sonography-related topics. I am providing links to positions across the U.S. in Echocardiography, Vascular, and General Ultrasound. These are just a few suggestions. Feel free to add to the list and even post other possibilities that you have encountered; but, may not be the position for you.
I have compiled this information in one place in an attempt to save time for the reader in their job search. I do hope this information is useful.
Good afternoon to all of you sonographers; Echocardiographers, General ultrasound technicians, Vascular technicians, and/or our valued blog followers who are interested in various case studies.
Today’s study involves a patient who has been in hospital for a while and has had to be incubated. A couple of weeks ago, an echocardiogram was performed that resulted in no unusual findings. However, new study was completed that detected a large growth. Listen to the video for the details.
Feel free to express and share your thoughts and experiences. Again, thanks to the Academy of Ultrasound AND THANK YOU for following our blog. We appreciate and look forward to your input into the discussion. If there are specific topics/studies that you would like to discuss or receive more information on, again, do not hesitate to request. We have many resources and would welcome the opportunity to share with you.
Good afternoon to all of you! As a follower of our SoundWaves ultrasound blog, you are already aware that we have recently started a songraphy series. This series includes video information on interesting, as well as unusual, case studies experienced by our sonographers in echocardiography, vascular and general ultrasound. These are submitted while completing travel assignments across the United States. This is a helpful teaching tool for students and veteran techinicians in the ultrasound field.
We would like for YOU to share your interesting and unusual case studies with us and our followers. These experiences can be in any of the ultrasound modalities: Echocardiography/Cardiac, Vascular, or General sonography. Also, your submission can be in written form and/or video. However, if video, we ask that the maximum length not exceed 5 minutes. Please incude details of case study scenario; but, of course, do NOT use any names. We want to share these studies on the Academy of Ultrasound’s facebook page and our blog.
Good afternoon to all of you diagnostic medical sonographers, mostly Echocardiographers, and others interested in Echocardiography case studies. Today’s Echo study I would like to share is concerning a 43-year-old patient who has severe A.I. and has been monitored by his cardiologist since he was in his 20’s. Recenty, he as undergone elective Aortic Valve replacement surgery per the advise of his doctor. Patient is recovering; however, he is experiencing with E.F dropping. Take a look at the video for more information.
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THIS VIDEO IS A MUST SEE.
This sonography update involves a patient complaining of shortness of breath upon exertion. A routine echo was performed with normal results. However, cardiologist and surgeon still wanted a TEE. Result of TEE was a left atrial ridge, which is a normal variant of heart anatomy. It was determined by surgeon to proceed with surgery.
After listening to the Echocardiography video update, you will understand the importance of the sonographer to know and interpret findings. Sometimes the cardiovascular technician is a better interpreter of findings due to their knowledge of the structures in the heart and their images performed on a daily basis versus a surgeon whose expertise is surgery.
Please, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this video as it is quite rare to experience this situation during your career as a cardiac sonographer. Share with your collegues in the Echocardiographic profession via FaceBook, Twitter, etc…
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In above video, the sonography update involves the use of difinity contrast while performing cardiovascular exams. On this day, while completing an Echocardiography assignment at a hospital in Hawaii, difinity contrast was used in 2 different echo studies.
In one study, where the patient was quite large, the use of difinity enabled echocardiographer to find a left ventricular thrombus. In second study, where the patient was quite small and had tiny rib spaces with sub-optimal imaging windows of the left and right atria, using difinity and 3-D TEE – found abnormality in left atria. In both of these cases, without the use of difinity, the abnormalities may have gone undiagnosed.
If your facility is not using this method, you might want to mention and discuss possibility with the Echocardiography; sonography and ultrasound supervisors and staff members. The chance of finding cardiac abnormalities are significantly increased with using this method.
Please comment on your thoughts about this method; whether you have used it in performing echo studies and your experience as a cardiac sonographer. Also, share with your colleagues and FaceBook (Twitter, etc..) friends to show them what you see in you career as a sonographer.
The above video discusses findings while at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, HI involving a quadra cuspid aortic valve while performing an Echocardiography exam. In the same day, there was a patient with a dialated coronary sinus in which a bubble study was performed.
It is amazing that the technological advances in ultrasound; sonography, allow echocardiographers and other sonographers to find life-threatening situations – such as cardiovascular diseases- before it is too late.
Waiting on echocardiography studies to become available in order to post for you.
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